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Photographer Onin Lorente leads Filipino artist community in selling artworks to support relief efforts for Covid-19

By REY ROBES ILAGAN

Last week, fashion photographer Onin Lorente launched the first installment of his fundraising campaign called Prints for a Cause, where wallpaper versions of his photographs of his hometown Albay went up for sale. All sales from the proceeds were donated to several beneficiaries, including the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), one of the biggest public hospitals in Region V with the most Covid-19 cases.

Fashion photography by Onin Lorente

Fashion photography by Onin Lorente

“The first fundraising was with my doctor friend, Dr. Christina Carmelli Brocales, while I was on self-quarantine when I arrived in Albay,” said Lorente, exclusively to Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “We were able to raise P135,800, with BRTTH, Balibago Polyclinic Hospital, Santa Rosa Community Hospital, and Office of the Vice President’s Kaya Natin! movement as beneficiaries.”

Heeding the call to help frontline health workers in a time of crisis, Lorente thought of initiating something on his own to help as manypeople as possible. “I was supposed to leave last March. If I pushed through with it, I might be on lockdown in New York. I feel much safer now that I am home with my family,” he said. “There are many ways we can help, and Prints for a Cause is something I can do to help—by sharing my talent. It’s fulfilling to be able to help our frontliners, and to experience how humanity works in this challenging time.”

Now on his second run, Lorente opened up Prints for a Cause to include other artists in the crusade to reach more Filipinos displaced by the pandemic. Today, the campaign features a diverse group of artists from Bicol, as well as creative friends of Lorente from Quezon City, Laguna, and Rizal. The call to donate even reached overseas artists hailing from Paris, Berlin, Singapore, and Dubai—all still looking to help the motherland even with their own public crises.

Digital painting by Rafe Totengco

Digital painting by Rafe Totengco

Artists included are Lesley Mobo (fashion design and illustration), Rafe Totengco (digital painting), Micah Hilotin (soil painting), Verity Clio (watercolor painting), Alvin Rodriguez (oil painting and  portraits), Nixon Marquez (handmade and digital collage), MJ Suayan (mixed media), Wika Nadera (digital isolated landscapes), and Earl Concepcion (pencil and pen drawing), among others.

Handmade and digital collage by Nixon Marquez

Handmade and digital collage by Nixon Marquez

Each image, a digital wallpaper version of the artwork, is priced at P100 (or $2 for international buyers), plus any additional donations for the beneficiaries. Donors can pay through several channels including PayPal, GCash, Paymaya, Smart Money, BPI, and BDO bank deposits, Monese Europe, and POSB Singapore.

“Creative people are great thinkers and are resourceful in coming up with ideas on how we can all contribute to defeating this coronavirus crisis,” Lorente said. “We are grateful knowing that people are willing to help even when they are cooped up at home and facing economic uncertainty. For other artists who can also start initiatives or replicate the idea in their hometown, that would be great. The more of us taking part, the faster we can win against this pandemic.”

Pencil and pen drawing by Earl Concepcion

Pencil and pen drawing by Earl Concepcion

Onin Lorente, a self-taught fashion photographer from Albay, is a fast-rising creative shooting world class campaigns and magazine editorials for over a decade. Based in London and Singapore, Lorente lists Charles and Keith, Vogue Portugal, Esquire Spain, LOfficiel Hommes Thailand, and Mens Uno Hong Kong on his ever-growing international portfolio.

For more information, visit https://ift.tt/3aorLuq. For artists who would like to participate, e-mail Lorente at printsforacause@oninlorente.com to submit artworks.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/20/photographer-onin-lorente-leads-filipino-artist-community-in-selling-artworks-to-support-relief-efforts-for-covid-19/)

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